AELP lobbies on behalf of its members to represent their views. Our main purpose is to lobby for government funded skills and employment programmes that increase work force productivity and improve social mobility.

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All Media and PR enquiries should be directed to Aidan Relf, Director of Public Affairs at [email protected] or 07710 305182.

URGENT: For immediate member action

Date published: 31.12.2020

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URGENT: For immediate member action Implementation of the new coronavirus contingency framework and a phased return to learning provision required at the start of January. The government is mandating a phased return for learners attending physical institutions for training and education for the Spring Term and this impacts all FE providers including ITPs, as well as colleges and schools. Critically this means that most providers will need to reschedule their operational delivery which was

AELP responds to the Chancellor’s Spending Review announcements on skills

Date published: 25.11.2020

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The Treasury has announced the employment, apprenticeship and skills measures in the Spending Review in advance of the Chancellor making his statement on 25 November 2020. They include a DWP 3-year £2.9bn Restart scheme “to help more than one million unemployed people look for work. Individuals out of work for over 12 months will be provided with regular, intensive jobs support tailored to their circumstances”.

AELP response to ‘The English College of the Future’ report

Date published: 20.11.2020

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AELP feels compelled to respond to one particular recommendation in ‘The English College of the Future’ report published on 18 November 2020. The commission behind the report called for “introducing a legal duty on colleges to establish networks across appropriate economic geographies – which must be matched by a duty on all other post-16 education providers – to collaborate in the interests of students, communities and the economy”. Association of Employment and Learning Providers managing

AELP Member Survey 2020 – tell us what you think of us!

Date published: 26.10.2020

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Every two years we go out to all our members with a comprehensive survey to find out what you think of the services we offer, and to help us plan ahead. The 2020 survey was originally scheduled for April but not unsurprisingly the pandemic put paid to that plan, but we are pleased to say that it is now finally open for your comments! The results of this survey will feed directly into the Senior Management Team and AELP Board, and directly influence what we do and how we do it, so a few minutes

Prime Minister's speech on 29 September: "Time to get radical on adult retraining by using individual skills accounts", says AELP

Date published: 29.09.2020

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In response to the Prime Minister's speech later today, training providers say now is the time for the government to get radical on its approach to adults retraining and gaining new skills. The Association of Employment and Learning Providers, which represents training providers who train 7 out of 10 apprentices in England, has welcomed the PM's pledge to expand apprenticeships and to invest more in adult retraining, but argues that the impact of the pandemic means that the entire system of

‘Government should act on the Centre for Social Justice apprenticeships report immediately’

Date published: 10.08.2020

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Representing about 800 training providers who train 7 out of 10 apprentices in England, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) strongly supports many of the recommendations in the Centre for Social Justice report on apprenticeships published on 10 August. In the current circumstances, the calls for more support for SME apprentice employers and to incentivise more opportunities for young people are especially pertinent. Association of Employment and Learning Providers

Government’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ will be an acid test for restoring apprenticeship starts

Date published: 30.07.2020

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Government’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ will be an acid test for restoring apprenticeship starts

AELP welcomes boost for traineeships and apprenticeships in Chancellor’s ‘Plan for Jobs’

Date published: 08.07.2020

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The Chancellor has revealed a sizeable package to combat youth unemployment as he set out the plan to help Britain bounce back from Covid-19. Sunak’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ focused on supporting, protecting and creating jobs across the UK, as the country enters the next phase of recovery following the coronavirus outbreak. Central to this plan is the £2bn Kickstart Scheme, which aims to create hundreds of thousands of new, high-quality government-subsidised jobs for unemployed young people.

AELP responds to government’s £111m boost for traineeships

Date published: 06.07.2020

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On the government’s announcement to triple the number of traineeships as part of its post-Covid economic recovery measures (https://bbc.in/3f3QfvT), AELP chief executive Mark Dawe said: “This is a fantastic first step in recognising the challenges we will face in supporting young people this autumn. Many of our member providers are keen to deliver traineeships and they have working relationships with 350,000 employers who can be engaged on this.

Latest apprenticeship data shows continued impact of the pandemic on the programme

Date published: 25.06.2020

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There were 26,090 apprenticeship starts reported between 23 March and 31 May 2020, fewer than the 50,050 reported for this period at this point last year, a decrease of 47.9%. Intermediate apprenticeships (L2) accounted for 26.9 per cent of starts; this was 37.1 per cent in 2018/19. Vacancies also slumped with the numbers for April and May 2020 (the first two full months for which data are available since the coronavirus restrictions were implemented on 23 March) being 2,020 and 1,850, which

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